Todd Vanatta

  • Todd Vanatta

P.T., M.P.T., C.F.M.T.
Certified Functional Manual Therapist

Education: Todd graduated from NIU with a Master of Physical Therapy in 2005, after completing his Bachelor of Health and Human Sciences in 2004. He received credentialing as a Certified Functional Manual Therapist (CFMT) in 2012. He continues to lab assist in courses offered through The Institute of Physical Art throughout the country. He has also completed multiple advanced courses in orthopedics, neurology, pain syndromes and management, and manual therapy. He is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists.

Clinically:  Todd's treatment focus includes restoring mobility and function, not only addressing pain. He works to diagnose and treat dysfunction anywhere in the body that may be causing pain or decreasing a client's ability to perform a task or activity. This is done by addressing mechanical restrictions, then retraining the related muscle groups to perform their jobs not only appropriately, but automatically. Todd feels one of the most beneficial aspects of physical therapy is education for the client which will include knowledge of their dysfunction, appropriate body mechanics and posture training, and home exercises to prevent the symptoms from recurring. Todd treats all diagnoses including complex pain syndromes, spinal dysfunction, TMJ, headaches, neck pain, and chronic pain which has not responded to conventional treatments or surgeries. He also works with athletes of any level or any other clients on performance enhancement.

Socially: Born and raised in Sycamore, Todd enjoys serving DeKalb County and promoting the physical therapy profession. He lives in Sycamore with his wife, Shannon, and two children, Hunter and Isabelle. In addition to spending time with friends and family, Todd enjoys outdoor activities such as biking, boating, fishing, water skiing, riding wave runners, kayaking, paddle boarding, and snowmobiling. He is also a musician, playing primarily piano the majority of his life.

What type of treatment will
I receive?

Treatment is based on the initial examination findings along with ongoing reassessment and evaluation. Treatment may consist of a variety of hands-on joint and soft tissue treatment techniques, gentle exercise techniques, pain reducing modalities, and education in self-management skills.

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Your Right to Choose

The decision of where you go to receive treatment is
yours. If you have a specific therapist or practice you
would like to go to, you should let your doctor or
insurance company know this. Not all physical
therapists or practices are the same and the choice
of your provider is yours.